The best bars in Glasgow

As for as nights out in the UK go, Glasgow is without a doubt one of the best cities for nightlife. The combination of lively bars, friendly locals, and beautiful streets makes for a memorable night out…assuming you don’t forget from drinking too much! No matter the day of the week, there is always something happening in Glasgow at nighttime. With a wealth of bars to drink in, the big question to ask yourself is – where should I go? We’ve compiled a list of the best bars in Glasgow to ensure an amazing night out. Whether it’s fancy cocktail bars or homely pubs and live music, we’ve got it covered.

Pink building that says "People Make Glasgow"

Kickback with a White Russian at Nice N’ Sleazy’s

This cheery bar on the vibrant Sauchiehall Street exudes coolness. Great indie tunes, chilled-out staff, and friendly customers are fused together and demonstrate why this is one of the best bars in Glasgow. It’s the ideal place to meet some of the locals and get to know the city that little bit better. The bar’s dedication to music can be felt from the poster plastered walls to the music gigs they host throughout the week. If you’re grabbing a drink, be sure to try out one of their trademark White Russian drinks — they’re dangerously delicious!

Location: 421 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow G2 3LG
Hours:5pm-3am Mon-Fri
2pm-3am Sat-Sun
Website:Nice N’ Sleazy’s

Soak in the views at Inn Deep

Located in the West End with one of the most picturesque views any bar can offer, Inn Deep is a superb bar to grab a drink in. Rustling green trees and a flowing river create the beautiful backdrop for this bar while craft beers and house casks make up the drinks selection. If the Glasgow rain comes calling, fortunately, the well-decorated interior doesn’t make for a bad backdrop either with comic strip posters and eye-catching murals. 

Location: 445 Great Western Rd, Glasgow G12 8HH
Hours:12pm-12am Everyday
Website:Inn Deep

Hang out at the Hillhead Book Club

close up of an arcade game

A book club may not sound like the kind of place to have a rowdy, fun-filled drink, but this particular book club likes to do things differently. Located in the West End, just off Byres Road, Hillhead Book Club is an exceptionally quirky place. There’s 90s video games, Ping Pong, gramophone-filled cocktails, great music, and even drag brunches, all within the walls of a party-invaded library. Their food menu is something to behold too with a range of delicious dishes including harissa roasted cod, Korean fried cauliflower, and vegan donner kebab.

Location: 17 Vinicombe St, Glasgow G12 8SJ
Hours:12pm-12am Everyday
Website:Hillhead Book Club

Listen to some live music at Box

Right next to Nice N’ Sleazy’s on Sauchiehall Street is the lively Box. This chilled-out venue has two bars situated at the front and back with the focal point of the place being a small stage. Their drinks range from quirky fishbowl cocktails such as Dragon Soop Bowls and rum-infused Jack Sparrows to craft brews and classic lagers. Depending on the night you go there are frequently live bands, comedy, open mic sessions and jam nights and DJ nights.

Location: 431 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow G2 3LG
Hours:6pm-3am Sun-Tue
5pm-3am Wed-Thu
4pm-3am Fri
2pm-3am Sat

Treat yourself to a colourful cocktail at Revolution

This bright cocktail bar on Renfield Street was the first Revolution bar in Scotland and continues to provide its funky cocktails to this day. The cosy, wood-ladened interior Their eclectic mix of cocktails and ‘flavour’ shots are the perfect way to wet your lips for the night ahead. The cocktail menu is comprised of classics such as Mojitos and Long Island Iced Teas as well as more obscure ones such as Bubblegum Daiquiris and Rumbulls. 

Location: 67-69 Renfield St, Glasgow G2 1LF
Hours:12pm-12am Mon-Sat
1pm-12am Sun

Chill out at Slouch

beer being poured into glass

This underground dive bar in Bath Street epitomises what Glasgow nightlife is all about — great drinks, a relaxed setting, super friendly company, and a cracking soundtrack. There’s live music on here every single night, showcasing their devotion to the Scottish music scene. They serve a range of drinks and you won’t go hungry as they serve food all the way until 2 am! Slouch is a superb bar to grab yourself a pint, sit back in one of their comfy leather pouffes or armchairs, and savour the evening, whatever the event. 

Location: 203-205 Bath Street, Glasgow G2 4HZ
Hours:5pm-3am Sun-Thu
12pm-3am Fri-Sat


If tacos, tequila, and techno is your thing, then this might just be your idea of heaven. Named after the Mexican spirit, Mezcal is a fun, neon-lit lively bar in the centre of Glasgow. Mexican drinks, classic cocktails, and crisp lagers are all on the menu as well as some expertly made Mexican dishes to line the stomach. From Thursday to Saturday the venue is graced by a variety of DJs playing a mix of sets.

Location: 104 Hope St, Glasgow G2 6PH

Rock out at the Cathouse

music performance being recorded on phone

Down at the bottom of Union Street is a late-night raucous rock venue that is dark, weird, and wonderful. Since its inception in 1990, the Cathouse has played host to some of the biggest names in rock including Queens of the Stone Age, Pearl Jam, and Anthrax. As you step inside, the pulsating rock history can be felt via the pounding walls. However, there isn’t just rock here. With three rooms playing different types of music, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. They serve a range of drinks including IPA’s, mixers, and more. 

Price: Low

Location: 15 Union St, Glasgow G1 3RB

Opening times: Wed - Thurs 11pm - 3am, Fri - Sat 10:30pm - 3am, Sun 10pm - 3am

Location: 15 Union St, Glasgow G1 3RB
Hours:11pm-3am Wed-Thu
10:30pm-3am Fri-Sat
10pm-3am Sun